Are you considering building your new deck with composite material, but still have questions about it? You aren’t alone. Many homeowners have the same questions regarding composite decking and that’s why we’ve created this list of those most frequently asked:
Q: What is it?
A: Composite decking is a man-made material that is comprised of wood fibers, recycled plastic, and bonding agents.
Q: Why Should I Use it?
A: Besides being a versatile and low maintenance material, composite decking can withstand water and resist scratching. It can also replicate the look of most other materials, doesn’t have any preservative chemicals, and won’t warp over time. Unlike wood, it won’t splinter off, therefore making it more comfortable and safer for everyone who uses the deck.
Q: How Do You Clean It?
A: Composite decking can be cleaned using a deck cleaner, a brush, and a hose. Do not use a power washer since the pressure can wear down the quality of your deck.
Q: How long Does it Last?
A: With proper maintenance, a composite deck can last between 25 to 30 years.
Q: Does it Look Plastic?
A: Like most things, you get what you pay for. Investing the money into a quality composite material will ensure that your finished deck won’t look plastic.
Q: Is it Worth the Higher Upfront Cost?
A: Composite decking does have higher upfront costs than pressure-treated wood, but this is offset by saving money over the long run due to the material’s lifespan, resistance to insects, no splintering, and low maintenance.
Q: What Styles Are Available?
A: There is a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures you can choose from. Different brands have different offerings, do your research on the offerings of various decking material brands.
Q: Can it be Painted?
A: Even though you can paint and stain this material, it’s often not recommended since it will require more upkeep to maintain the new color.
Q: Can I Install it on my Own?
A: Technically you could install composite decking on your own, but it’s highly recommended to have a professional install it for you. Composite decking requires more skill, planning, and creative execution than treated-wood. A professional also has all the necessary, high-quality tools that are needed to make sure that the material is installed properly.
Ready to Install a Composite Deck?
North American Deck & Patio can help you build a composite deck that you’ll want to show off to all your friends and family. If you’re looking for a new deck builder in MD, you’ve come to the right place. With over 25 years of experience, we’ll build you the deck you’ve been dreaming about. Call or contact us today for your free estimate!